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Shujaa are through to the 13th place final after seeing off Japan 31-24 in the Singapore7s 13th place semifinal.

Andrew Amonde was first on the scoreboard giving Shujaa an early 5-0 lead that was quickly complemented by Daniel Taabu’s 14 points in the first half as he exploited the gaps in the Japanese defense to score two quick tries. Japan’s Katsuyuki Sakai’s try was sandwiched by Taabu’s brace while his counterpart Michael Tokole landed a center post try at the stroke of half time for a 19-12 half time score.

Captain Jeffrey Okwacha fended off his defender to score Shujaa’s fourth try, with the conversion sailing wide for a 24-12 lead. Japan responded in equal measure and within three minutes, the scores were leveled at 24 all after Siosifa Lisala went over the whitewash twice with one conversion splitting the posts.

In the last play, a penalty against Japan for a high tackle resulted in a the Captain landing their much needed winning try, Shujaa securing a slot in the 13th place final where they’ll meet Spain at 12:14pm (EAT).

In the Challenge Trophy Quarterfinal, Shujaa lost 14-24 to France.

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